SINGAPORE – Water-based sports continued to be the main contributor of gold medals to the National contingent on the third day of the Singapore SEA Games.
Diving, swimming and sailing contributed four gold medals while gymnastics (artistic) team added the other to raise Malaysia’s medal tally to eight gold medals.
Malaysian divers who had dominated the diving events at the Myanmar SEA Games two years ago by sweeping all eight gold medals offered, continued their dominance in Singapore by sweeping both the gold medals offered in the competition.
Ooi Tze Liang took the men’s 3m Springboard gold while Leong Mun Yee-Traisy Vivien Tukiet clinched the women’s 10m Synchronized platform gold.
In the swimming pool, Wong Fu Kang lifted the gloom surrounding the swimming contingent by winning the first gold medal of the games in swimming by splashing his way to the men’s 100m Breaststroke in record time.
The 16-year-old swimmer also rewrote his national record of 1:02.56s with a new time of 1:02.46s to claim the men’s 100m breaststroke gold had on March 26, smashed the 15-year-old men’s National 100m breaststroke record held by Elvin Chia, at the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships.
Amidst the euphoria of success at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, the day was not short of controversy when the media was barred from speaking to the divers, apparently after being instructed by National coach Yang Zhuliang.
Member of the Malaysian media could not interview Tze Liang and Mun Yee because the coach had apparently requested the duo to return to the hotel immediately after the prize presentation.
The situation eased a little when team manager Mae Chen allowed members of the media to meet Traisy Vivien after her routine dope test which is a normal procedure for all medal winners.
Mae Chen also denied there was an issue with Tze Liang’s dope test because media members had waited for more than two hours but could not meet him.
Meanwhile, at the sailing marina, Malaysia won the Under-16 Optimist team gold under the able leadership of Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah who is only 12 years old.
Others in the Optimist team were Abdul Latif Mansor, Nor Nabila Natasha Mohd Nazri, Nur Aisah Rose Ramlee and Muhammad Dhiauddin Rozaini.
Apart from the gold medals, Judo added two bronze medals through Nurizzatul Fazlia Mohamad Tahir (women’s 63-70kg) and Sarifah Fazila Syed Salim (women’s 70-78kg).
The boxing squad closed shop without any medals to show as all five boxers were shown the exit at the quarterfinal stage.
Fencing also ended the day without any medals when the men’s Foil team of Muhammad Aqil Anuar/Cheng Xing Han/Syed Adil Emir Putra/Nurul Affiq Nazril Ismail lost 18-45 to the Philippines at the OCBC Arena.
Today, the fourth day of the SEA Games competition, will see 36 gold medals up for grabs with wushu offering nine gold medals.
Malaysia with eight gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals are in fifth place behind Singapore (26), Vietnam (21), Thailand (20) and Indonesia (12).